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U014.3.688
Artist / Maker : Wilbur-Sigo, Andrea M
Title : The Underwater World
Date (Execution) : n.d.
Geographical Origin : Washington, United States
Cultural Group : Coast Salish, Squaxin
Style / Period : Contemporary 1950 -
Medium / Material  :
Support / Technique : paper
Object Type : screen prints
Visual Description : Image appears to show a baby/ foetus killer whale surrounded by a protective circle in red.
Accession # : U014.3.688
Width (cm) : 31.00
Height (cm) : 32.50
Depth (cm) :
Mandatory Credit : Gift from the Collection of George and Christiane Smyth
Artist Statement : "Long ago there was a Skokomish man who lived at Enatai, a village which is at the end of the Skokomish Reservation on the Hoods Canal. This man was an only child. He had five daughters and one son. Because he had no nephews and only one son he wanted the best for his son. He trained his son as a young boy to get a great tam'anamis. We Skokomish call this power tiya'tbax (a great underwater tam'anamis). This man would send his boy to the great bluff way up the Hoods Canal. The father says, 'Now my son, you go to such-and-such place and dive. You take these sticks with you.' So the boy went. In two days he came back to his father, but he hadn't got anything. Again, his father sent him, but again, he didn't find anything. Then the third time, his father sent him to a different place, looking for sharks. he took his two sharp sticks with him and went. This time he didn't come back for three of four days, and his father went to look for him. He found his son and took him home. When he found his son he asked, 'Did you find anything?' 'Yes, Yes,' His son says. SO he takes his son home very pleased. When he gets home he asks, 'What did you get?' His son replied, 'I struck tiya'tbax, he put me in where he lives.' 'We must show your power so everyone comes to see the power of the boy,' says the father. They fill the house and his father says, 'What are we going to feed these people?' 'Don't worry!' the son says. 'But we have no food,' the father replies. SO people come, come, come, the house is now full. What are they going to do? The young man gets up and says to the people, 'You'll eat all you want, people. Everything you want!' And he reaches down and pulls something out of his lower leg, or his shin. It was a whale bone war club. on one side there was a carving of ducks and salmon, and on the other side a carving of seal and salmon. Then he says, 'Alright now, all of you on the beach!' So they go down to the shore and the young man holds out the club and shouts, 'Give me! Give me!' And salmon rush the beach. The people kill the salmon and there is lots of food now. That's the power doing this. He now had power over all animals under water. A great Tam'anamis. He tells his father, 'Now I must go from tribe to tribe and share my wealth so no one goes hungry.' So away he goes to all the neighbouring villages, always coming home in the fall to bring the salmon home to the Skokomish people." - Frank Allen.